I just logged out of the Bubble a few minutes ago, then got an urge to write down some thoughts that are floating in my head.
RB is helping me learn about art and photography – stretching my mind, exposing me to new ideas, thoughts, images, people (and their personalities). This is wonderfull. I have never seriously exercised my mind and imagination in the ways that I have since joining RB a few weeks ago.
I read people’s journal/blog entries and learn about them and the people who comment. I see other people’s work. I am challenged by contests and challenges in the forums. RB is helping me take more photos than ever before. Practice is good. It helps me set goals to work on. Just a few days from the deadline for the Real Photography competition. I would like to enter a work in each category, but have been trying to come up with something new and original that really fits each theme. I’m not used to doing this. It’s fun. There is a challenge in the introductory forum to do a self-portrait. I did it, but not particularly well. I will challenge myself to repeat that in new and different ways periodically. There is always something.
The new Photoshop Creative competition that recently surfaced, themed “Infinite Future Chaos”. Wow! What does tha mean? I have started pondering that one. Can I handle it? I’ll give it a try. I asked my neighbor what thoughts enter his mind when he hears that phrase. His answer made me think that he doesn’t understand the theme. But wait. That is the point. Everyone will have a different interpretation. That is what makes us humans. That is what makes life interesting. That may be the key to art. His idea isn’t wrong. It’s just different than mine. Hmmm.. I haven’t developed my idea yet. Where do I start? How do I tackle this assignment?
Still learning new tools and techniques.
Still defining my individual artistic personality. Who am I? Where do I fit?